Nieuws volgens datum: 7 Feb, 2021

Ecuadoreans choose president amid economic turmoil

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Voters in Ecuador are going to the polls to choose a new president and all members of the National Assembly. The country is reeling from the Covid pandemic, which has killed 15,000 people in the nation of 17m people. With the economy in the doldrums, many voters say they are more preoccupied with day-to-day survival than with politics. Nearly 50% remain undecided on who to opt for out of the 16 presidential candidates, one survey suggests. With so many candidates competing for the top job, it is looking unlikely that any of them will achieve either the 50% of the votes or the 40% with a 10 percentage-point advantage needed to win outright in the first round. The second round is scheduled to be held on 11 April with the top two candidates going through. The eventual winner will replace the outgoing president, the embattled centrist Lenín Moreno.Mr Moreno ran in – and won – the 2017 election standing as a political ally of Rafael Correa. But he later broke with the former socialist leader and steered Ecuador away from the left-wing alliances Mr Correa had formed with the leaders of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia and back to a more friendly relationship with the United States.(BBC)…[+]

George Shultz: US secretary of state who helped end Cold War dies

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George Shultz, a former US secretary of state who significantly shaped foreign policy in the late 20th Century, has died at the age of 100. He died on Saturday at his home in Stanford, California, the Hoover Institution think tank said. He served three Republican presidents – Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan – in various roles. Under Mr Reagan, Mr Schultz spent much of the 1980s trying to improve relations with the Soviet Union. The Hoover Institution, where Mr Schultz worked as a distinguished fellow, said the statesman had been instrumental “in changing the direction of history by using the tools of diplomacy to bring the Cold War to an end”. Hoover Institution Director Condoleezza Rice – a former secretary of state herself – said: “Our colleague was a great American statesman and a true patriot in every sense of the word.” “He will be remembered in history as a man who made the world a better place.” (BBC)…[+]